Sunday, November 21, 2004

House Republicans are taking partisanship to absurd new lows.

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert wouldn't allow a vote on an intelligence reform bill he (and President Bush) supported, even though it would have easily passed. Hastert simply couldn't stomach the idea of Democrats and Republicans collaborating to pass a bill. From today's Washington Post:

"In a Capitol basement room, Hastert tried in vain to find enough votes to pass the bill without relying mainly on Democrats, a scenario too embarrassing for Republicans to endure...Former New Jersey governor Thomas H. Kean (R), chairman of the Sept. 11 commission, said he was 'obviously disappointed' that the House was not given a chance to vote. 'There's no question it would have passed easily,' he said, because most Democrats and a good number of Republicans would have supported it." (Washington Post)